DPS approves millions to upgrade cameras

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – In 2016, security cameras at World of Wonder captured the moment a child was stabbed on the playground. The low quality of the images made it difficult for investigators working the case.

Tuesday night, Dayton Public Schools voted to spend millions of dollars on security camera upgrades.

“Invest resources in safety and security equipment that would make a difference if something like that ever happened again,” John McManus, a board member, said as he expressed why the upgrades were so important.

Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said the district’s 10-year-old cameras are outdated.

“It doesn’t have to do with anything other than the fact that it’s becoming an old piece of equipment in every one of our buildings so we want to make sure that our buildings continue to stay state of the art,” Lolli said.

Camera upgrades will be done in three phases with the total cost coming to just over $3 million. This first phase costs just over $1 million and includes upgrades at eight schools: Thurgood Marshall High School, David H. Ponitz Career Tech Center, Stivers School for the Arts, Wright Brothers Middle School, Dunbar High School, Belmont High School, EJ Brown Middle SChool, and Valerie PK-6 Elementary.

While school officials believe the upgrades will provide more clarity– they will come at a cost. 

“Overall, with a $252 million budget, it is a small portion but a very important portion of how to spend our dollars,” Lolli said.

The superintendent says the Executive Director of Safety and Community will be in charge of which schools get upgrades first and when. She also says some campuses will get additional cameras to fix current blind spots. 

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